Tim and Brian return with unconventional preowned luxury watches from the WatchBox vault. Today's theme is "alternative time displays," and we have watches from five of the leading luxury watch brands for our worldwide audience of watch collectors, watch buyers, and watch enthusiasts.
Brian's three watches include models from F.P. Journe, IWC Schaffhausen, and Hautlence. The F.P. Journe Vagabondage III is a world premiere with independent jumping digital seconds to complement its jump hour display, power reserve indicator, and unconventional tonneau case shape. The Hautlence HLQ 08 is a Neuchatel-built jump hour watch with a retrograde minutes display and a push-button calendar adjustment system. Finally, the IWC Tribute to Pallweber is a 150th anniversary Jubilee IWC limited edition of 500 pieces that evokes the Josef Pallweber-designed IWC digital pocket watches of the 19th century.
Tim offers two standout watch references from opposite ends of the luxury watch marketplace. The analog-digital Breitling Aerospace pilot's watch includes both an electronic digital display and a conventional set of hour and minute hands. This compound complication is a COSC certified quartz chronometer that also includes a chronograph, an alarm, a countdown timer, a second timezone, a backlight, an electronic minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, and a 3-4 year power reserve. For contrast, a true high horology watch, the De Bethune DB28 Digitale, offers insight into the finest independent watch brand in Switzerland. Admittedly a favorite of Tim's the Digitale combines hand-crafted refinement with a jump hour, five-day power reserve, haute horologerie finish, and De Bethune's signature spring loaded "floating lugs"; this is Tim's grail watch.